The older I get, the more stuff I accumulate. It's human nature, I suppose, to pile up the books and souvenirs that make me happy, keep on-hand stacks of blankets and pillows to make a Netlix-and-chill session that much more relaxing, and grow my collection of stemless wine glasses (hey, they break eventually!). With each online order of stuff to add to my apartment, I do get a sense of satisfaction that I'm making my home into a fully functioning adult space, but at the same time, I get the nagging sense that I'm moving further and further away from that aspirational minimalist apartment that haunts my dreams and my Pinterest boards.
The warm yet neutral home of Paige Geffen is a space that makes me want to throw 70% of my belongings out on the curb. Her pots and pans all match in the same earthy clay tones, her couch looks perfectly comfortable yet refined, and her mix of metallics, woods, and stone scream sophistication without being too delicate. She could throw a party for all of her closest friends in this space and not worry about anything not surviving - as long as no one spills red wine.
IKEA makes me giddy in a way that few places do. There's just something about the clean lines, simple but brilliant design, and easy to individualize quality of so many of its items that makes me spend an obscene amount of money every time I visit a store. I would say 80% of my apartment furniture and décor heralds from there, but I don't think my place screams budget-friendly Scandinavian design. Shopping there is all about mixing styles, rethinking how to use certain pieces, and finding items that match your taste and your budget. Plus you can never have too many fake plants in your house, right?
The brand has released information on a new line that I want every piece of: its SINNERLIG collection. Designed by Ilse Crawford, it features natural materials such as cork, ceramics, and glass, and each piece is made with utility and comfort in mind.
I really want to bring home a set of earthenware mugs, a cork bench for the entryway, and plenty of glass bottles to scatter around the kitchen in an artsy way. Plus they'll be great for decanting my $6 wine from Trader Joe's!
So in October, you'll find me driving to the nearest IKEA (which happens to be a very sad 4 hours away) and trying to stuff as many woven baskets into my car as possible.